Mike Diedrich Filmmaker
Ballhawks wins Best editing and Best Director at the Midwest Independent Film Festival's "Best of the Midwest Awards."
"Bill Murray runs the bases at Wrigley."
Murray also narrated a Chicago Cubs documentary last year called “Ballhawks.” (The movie took a look at the people who stand outside Wrigley Field to catch homerun balls.)
"Chasing a dream along Waveland."
""The flourish at the end brought a tear to my eye."
"Top 5 things to do this week."
"FRESH CATCH" See the new documentary Ballhawks, on the diehards who lie in wait for homers outside the Friendly Confines, this week at the Siskel.
"Hall of Fame's Baseball Film Festival thrills both fans and filmmakers."
For director Mike Diedrich, bringing his film Ballhawks, which concerns the men who chase balls hit outside Chicago's famed Wrigley Field, to the Baseball Hall of Fame was somewhat overwhelming.
National Baseball Hall of Fame
"Bill Murray narrates new Cubs Documentary, Ballhawks"
The elder Murray has become Hollywood’s most soughtafter white whale. He eschews agents and publicists, so most filmmakers must contact him via an 800 number that he may or may not check. Sofia Coppola spent months pursuing him for Lost in Translation."
Off The Beaten Path, "Ballhawks"
Director Michael Diedrich does a magical job of exposing the community of the Ballhawks. Showing how passionate they are about what they do. Enlightening
the viewer to the intriguing as well as the curious that exists on Waveland Avenue and in the community as a whole.
Lou Harry's "Best of the Fest."
"Five minutes in, you'll wonder how they can possibly get an entire feature out of this. An hour in, you won't want it to end.," Indianapolis Business Journal
Austin Film Festival Top 5 Documentaries
Few other pastimes inspire the same kind of
fanaticism that baseball does, and this documentary focuses on a small and dedicated group of Cubs fans
as they hope to catch fly balls outside of Wrigley Field
Documentary Chronicles Wrigley Field Ballhakws
For every Chicago Cubs home game since 1914 rain or shine or even in the snow the Ballhawks have been standing, listening, waiting, running, leaping, and tripping over each other to catch the home runs that sail over the bleachers and on to Waveland or Sheffield Avenues. Some have been at it for decades, some are rookies. But even though they’ve been a fixture at Wrigley for nearly a century their story is being told for the first time in a new documentary called Ballhawks. Eight Forty-Eight’s resident “Cub Nut” Jason Marck went out to his self-described “home away from home” to talk to the filmmaker, Mike Diedrich.
For Blackhawks fan Christina, who was born blind, her goal was pretty simple. She wanted to experience a Blackhawks game at the United Center. Her wish was granted by the team, which also enlisted forward Patrick Sharp to help ensure Christina's surprise would be one she'd never forget. You might want to keep a few tissues handy for this one
I think we all owe a thank-you to Christina and the Blackhawks for reminding us of the goodness and pure joy that come from sports.
"New Blackhakws Commercial will give you chills."
The Chicago Blackhawks have released a new motivational commercial and it is absolutely phenominal. Power of a Goal packs a lot of stuff into a minute and a half, and if it doesn't get you a little jacked up, then I don't know what will.
"Chicago Blackhawks show off babysitting skills in heartwarming video."
This video might be one of the best things the Blackhawks have ever done, and considering they've won a million Stanley Cups, that's saying alot. This video rivals Duncan Keith skating with Cammy in ways the Blackhawks have ruined you emotionally.
"Girl scores possibly the Blackhawks greatest goal ever in latest What's Your Goal video."
Cammy was born unable to walk or speak but she sure can smile and she flashed that smile up and down the rink with Duncan Keith.
Anchored by a new TV spot, the brand's 360 degree campaign personifies popular Absolut cocktails to inspire people of all backgrounds to mix together.
Dove's Choose Beautiful Campaign Says Women Are So Much More Than Average.
As part of the brand's latest campaign, which launched on April 7, Dove set up signs above side-by-side doors in five cities around the world. In each city, one door read "Beautiful" and the other "Average." A camera crew then observed the way women reacted to the marked doors -- and which one they ultimately walked through.
"This Might Be The Best Dove Campaign We've seen yet."
Dove is known for its powerful, inspiring ad campaigns, and can be credited as one of the first major companies to shift the conversation and spotlight onto real women. The result? Videos that are viral sensations and strike a serious emotional chord with audiences. This latest endeavor might be the iconic beauty brand's most moving effort yet.
"Michael Phelps Announces He Is Training for the 2032 Olympics. He Won’t Be the One in the Water!"
Michael Phelps has announced he will be training for the 2032 Olympics — training his son Boomer Robert that is.
Phelps, 31, and his family, including wife Nicole, have teamed up with Huggies Little Swimmers to bring awareness to children’s water safety.
"Say hello to your favorite 2032 Olympic swimmer, Boomer Phelps."
On Friday the Phelps family announced they would be partnering with Huggies Little Swimmers to train Boomer for the 2032 Olympics. (!!!) The #Trainingfor2032 campaign encourages babies around the world to partake in fun and safe water play with their parents, but Phelps further explained the initiative at a very important and very real press conference.
"New Ad Supporting USPS addresses Election Chicanery"
Reimagining the postal workers’ creed for 2020, the original words are vastly expanded in an ad from Ogilvy Chicago supporting The People’s Postal Rescue Campaign
A Postal Service Creed for 2020” motivates Americans to rally together to save and support the United States Postal Service.
"Peter Dinklage Contemplates Our Hyperconnected World in this Epic Ad from Cisco."
Timed to GoT finale, spot heralds a new kind of networking.
"This is what happened when people finally received Sargento's World's Slowest Pizza Delivery."
Cheese brand made good on its promise to get pies to customers in about 4 to 18 months.
"This Chicago Hospital is listing a night in an Incubator."
Chicago's Cook County Hospital is encouraging people donate to give premature babies an incubator place with a campaign that describes a night in neonatal intensive care as a travel-site style apartment listing.